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Student success summit, milestones at GSC

On August 10, Gordon State College held its seventh annual Student Success Summit. As part of GSC’s strategic plan to recognize excellence across the campus, recipients were recognized for service milestones by receiving the GSC Service Award and other recipients were recognized for the GSC Foundation Faculty and Staff Awards. Everyone came together for a day that included inspirational discussions, workshops and recognition of faculty and staff.

This year’s Student Success Summit carried the theme of, “The Road Ahead.” The event’s agenda included the President’s Cabinet members demonstrating the concept developed by Brene Brown.

Employee Service Recognition:

Employee honored for 25 years of service included:  Dr. Allen Fuller, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell

Employees honored for 20 years of service included:  Gratasha Banks, Dr. Alan Burstein, Teresa Haynes, Teresa Thompson

Employees honored for 15 years of service included: Walter Bibbs, Rori Herriage, Dr. Cathy Lee, Darlene O’Baner, Anthony Pearson, Dr. Caesar Perkowski, Dr. Stephen Powers

Employees honored for 10 years of service included: Wendy Martin, Karen Raines, Autumn Schaffer, Christy Skinner, Tobias Walker

Employees honored for five years of service included: Samuel Baskin, Taylor Howard, Dr. Brent Johnson, Dr. Mary Inez Jones, Victoria Mills, Dr. Cori Newton, Dr. Elizabeth Nwabuebo, Dr. Anne Sanders, Ronald Scruggs, Dr. Scott Shubitz, Ryran Traylor

Outstanding Service Award:

Dr. Jeffery Knighton was recognized for his service to the college during the event.  Dr. Knighton served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2015 until 2022.  

GSC Foundation Awards:

Dr. Julie Little was presented the GSC Foundation Faculty Award by Mr. Robert Harris, GSC Foundation Board Chair. A statement from a colleague’s nomination of Dr. Little said, “She maintains a poise and confidence in the classroom that I have rarely experienced. Moreover, she consistently attempts to create effective relationships with her students, one in which she connects the curriculum to their worldviews.” It was noted that she was instrumental in developing the 2022 Teaching Matters Conference as well as the final publication for the conference. She is also a CETL Faculty Fellow and has served on numerous college-wide committees.

GSC’s Test Center Coordinator, Sue Gilpin, was presented the GSC Foundation Staff Award by Dr. Waine Kong, GSC Events and Recognition Committee Chair. A statement from a colleague’s nomination of Gilpin said, “I have witnessed Sue engaging with students over the years in all of her rolls. She takes the time to make sure they clearly understand the information they are being given and is encouraging and positive.” Another statement for Gilpin notes that she was instrumental in the establishment of the Testing Center in 2013 and has managed the center since that time. In her role as a testing proctor, she goes above and beyond to coordinate based on student needs often working with the Office of Counseling and Disability Services to ensure accommodations are provided compassionately for students with disabilities.

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